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A Blending of Materials and Additive Fabrication Puts Connecticut Company on Leading Edge of Innovation

April 1st, 2012


A Blending of Materials and Additive Fabrication Puts Connecticut Company on Leading Edge of Innovation

Rebecca Carnes , Design-2-Part Magazine

April 1st, 2012

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) is building upon its basis as a company that originally produced proprietary, biocompatible high-performance thermoplastics, known as PEKK polymers, and is transforming into one that is on the leading edge of manufacturing technology. Today, the company uses additive manufacturing to produce both biomedical parts that mimic human bone, as well as low-weight, high-performance industrial parts mostly for the aerospace and semi-conductor industries.

Having recently launched two products, OsteoFab™ implants for the biomedical industry and OXFAB™ parts for industrial applications, OPM (www.oxfordpm.com) is touting its new approach to manufacturing, dubbed “Design to Constraint,” which bucks the traditional way structures are designed. “We’re moving to a paradigm where manufacturing limitations arepretty much nonexistent,” said company president Scott DeFelice in a phone interview. Instead of being limited by tooling or molding, in which the design engineer is a slave to aprescribed manufacturing method, Design to Constraint offers a paradigm shift where all of a sudden “elegant algorithms” are used to design structure. “When you move to a free-form additive fabrication method, the designer becomes the dominant player and the manufacturing method becomes the slave,” DeFelice said.

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Posted in the categories Aerospace & Industrial, Biomedical.

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